September 10, 2011

Bears Post 27-0 Shutout Over UMass Dartmouth

More news about: Bridgewater State

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The visiting Bridgewater State University football team opened the 2011 season in fine fashion as the Bears blanked the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth, 27-0, in a non-conference game at Cressy Field Saturday evening.

The shutout marked the Bears' first since September 24, 2005, a 57-0 win at home over Framingham State. It was the first road shutout for Bridgewater since a 54-0 victory at Framingham on September 25, 2004..

With less than four minutes of play left in the first quarter, Bridgewater State orchestrated a 75-yard drive in nine plays, capped off by a 10-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Mike McCarthy (Edgartown, Mass.), giving the Bears a 6-0 lead. The ensuing extra point failed on a bad snap.

At the 6:56 mark of the second quarter, UMD junior quarterback Patrick Orlando (Manchester, Mass.) attempted to connect with a receiver downfield, but was intercepted by BSU senior safety Kevin Laudano (Wallington, Conn.), who returned the ball 40 yards for a touchdown, increasing the Bears lead to 13-0 with 6:45 remaining in the first half.

As the first half came to a close, Bridgewater attempted a 29-yard field goal, but the kick was blocked by Corsairs freshman linebacker Alex Kershaw (Foxboro, Mass.), keeping the score at 13-0 as the first half ended.

Bridgewater State continued to add to their lead. With 8:55 on the clock, it took the Bears one play, a 42-yard touchdown strike from McCarthy to junior wide receiver Jake Scott (Somerset, Mass.), to score, putting them on top 20-0 midway through the third quarter.

After his team forced a three and out, sophomore defensive back Wayne Bolz (Billerica, Mass.) fumbled a punt return, and the ball was recovered by BSU sophomore defensive back Matt Brouillard (Plymouth, Mass.) at the Corsairs' 8-yard line. Three plays later, senior running back Justin Fuller (Berkley, Mass.) rumbled into the endzone for Bridgewater's final score of the day, securing the 27-0 victory.

The Bridgewater defense dominated throughout the contest limiting the Corsairs to just 91 yards of total offense and forcing three turnovers.

Bears junior defensive tackle Paul Melicharek (Glen Rock, N.J.) had a team-high eight tackles with a sack, while Laudano tallied five tackles to go along with his interception return for a touchdown.

McCarthy led the Bears offensively, completing 13-of-25 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 39 yards and a score on 10 carries.  Bears sophomore running back Chris Constantine (Hingham, Mass.) led all receivers with 76 yards and seven catches.

Corsairs' freshman running back Mike Janey (Dorchester, Mass.) gained 68 yards on 18 carriers, while Orlando rushed for 30 yards on 10 attempts.

Defensively, UMD's Kershaw made a game-high 10 tackles, five unassisted, with an interception. Sophomore linebacker Joe Teixera (Seekonk, Mass.) notched 10 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for a loss. Senior linebacker John Cordasco (Rockaway, N.J.) and senior defensive back Ross O'Toole (Weymouth, Mass.) added five tackles in the loss.

UMass Dartmouth dropped to 1-1 with the loss, while Bridgewater State improved to 1-0 with the win. The Corsairs will be home again next week, hosting Maine Maritime next Saturday afternoon. The Bears will visit Plymouth State next Saturday.

Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Coast Guard at Anna Maria
7:00 PM
Defiance at Baldwin Wallace
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
TBA
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
6:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
7:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Stevenson
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
7:00 PM
WPI at MIT
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Curry
7:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. Lawrence
10:00 PM
Adrian at Pacific
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
TBA
Endicott at Framingham State
TBA
Kean at Christopher Newport
TBA
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
TBA
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
TBA
Marietta at Denison
TBA
McDaniel at Catholic
TBA
Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
TBA
UW-Platteville at George Fox
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Washington U. at Carnegie Mellon
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Chicago at Case Western Reserve
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
12:00 PM
Otterbein at Buffalo State
12:00 PM
Ursinus at Bethany
12:00 PM
Sewanee at Kenyon
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton
Live Stats
1:00 PM
RPI at Norwich
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Dickinson
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Kalamazoo
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
1:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Alfred State at William Paterson
1:00 PM
St. Vincent at Alma
1:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Olivet at St. John Fisher
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
1:00 PM
Hobart at Brockport
1:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
The Apprentice School at Methodist
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
1:30 PM
Bridgewater at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
Live Stats
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Rockford
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Westminster (Mo.)
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Luther
2:00 PM
Beloit at Lake Forest
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Crown at Hamline
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
Bethel at Dubuque
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Live Stats
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Grinnell
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Mayville St.
2:00 PM
Simpson at UW-Stout
2:00 PM
Aurora at Carthage
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Coe
2:00 PM
Ripon at Concordia-Chicago
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
2:30 PM
Southern Virginia at Earlham
Live Stats
2:30 PM
Lawrence at Presentation
4:00 PM
La Verne at Puget Sound
Live Stats
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
6:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Berry
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Averett
6:00 PM
Redlands at Trinity (Texas)
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Hanover at Centre
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
7:00 PM
Anderson at North Park
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live Stats
8:00 PM
Willamette at Rhodes
8:00 PM
Cornell at Iowa Wesleyan
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Augsburg at Northwestern (Minn.)
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Southwestern Assemblies at Howard Payne
8:00 PM
Sul Ross State at UT-Permian Basin
Dec. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 49, at St. Thomas 35
@ Salem, Va.
Box Score Recap Recap Photos